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Guildhall goes red for Blood Cancer Awareness Month

The Guildhall will be going red in September as part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month and a new campaign by charity Leukaemia Care.

To help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia, the council, working with its facilities management contractor Engie, will turn the lights outside main Guildhall red for a month. It is one of 50 buildings throughout the UK to be turned red as part of Leukaemia Care’s Spot campaign, launched as part of the 50th anniversary of the charity. 

Councillor Kim Bailey, portfolio holder with responsibility for health, said: 

“Blood cancer is the UK’s fifth most common cancer and the third biggest cancer killer. Kingston Council is fully committed to raising awareness of the condition in any way we can. 

“By turning the lighting red, we hope that we can help increase people’s awareness of the signs and symptoms and make sure they get checked out if they suspect anything, no matter how minor.”

Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, Director of Patient Advocacy at Leukaemia Care, said: 

“We’re delighted that Kingston Guildhall has agreed to turn red throughout September. This is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that people are more aware of the vague symptoms of leukaemia which can often be mistaken for other common illnesses, such as the flu. As well as enjoying the light up, we’d encourage members of the public to take our free online course which will improve their awareness of leukaemia.”

To find out more about the #SpotLeukaemia campaign and to take the free leukaemia awareness course, head to www.spotleukaemia.co.uk

Notes to editors

The latest available statistics revealed an average of 70 newly diagnosed cases of blood cancer every year in Kingston (between 2012-2016).